wor·​ship | \ ˈwər-shəp How to pronounce worship (audio) also ˈwȯr- \
worshipped also worshiped; worshipping also worshiping

Definition of worship

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to honor or show reverence for as a divine being or supernatural power
2 : to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion a celebrity worshipped by her fans

intransitive verb

: to perform or take part in worship or an act of worship



Definition of worship (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power also : an act of expressing such reverence
2 : a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual
3 : extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem worship of the dollar
4 chiefly British : a person of importance used as a title for various officials (such as magistrates and some mayors)

Other Words from worship


worshipper or less commonly worshiper noun

Choose the Right Synonym for worship


revere, reverence, venerate, worship, adore mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully. revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling. a professor revered by her students reverence presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a similar depth of feeling in the one honoring. reverenced the academy's code of honor venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age. heroes still venerated worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony. worships their memory adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment. we adored our doctor

Examples of worship in a Sentence

Verb Many ancient cultures worshipped the sun and moon. They worship at this temple. I worship God in my own way. Noun worship of gods and goddesses Worship services are held daily. the media's worship of celebrities See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Diocese of Little Rock covers all 75 Arkansas counties and includes more than 154,000 Catholics, who worship in 130 parishes and missions across the state. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 4 June 2022 The men and women who worship at Sacred Heart have much to be angry about. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 29 May 2022 In 1916, Hawaii’s first Latter-day Saint temple was constructed, and within a year Iosepa was abandoned, as Hawaiian residents were now able to worship in their homeland. Will Stamp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 May 2022 The track explores an interesting theme of celebrity worship in tandem with Christian concepts of savior complexes, but Kendrick also dives into pertinent racial issues and deeply contested political topics like COVID-19 and political correctness. Ej Panaligan, Billboard, 13 May 2022 Imam Rahim Alsaedy said many of the people who worship at Al-Zahrah Islamic Center have been preparing for Ramadan by fasting prior and attending the Quran study group sessions. Jason Gonzalez, The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, the church will hold Easter worship services at Englewood’s Calahan Funeral Home, 7030 S. Halsted St., beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday with the church’s pastor, Gerald Dew, according to the church’s Facebook page. Shanzeh Ahmad, chicagotribune.com, 16 Apr. 2022 Winfrey said planners have selected 12 churches throughout the city for alumni to gather and worship from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Jasmin Barmore, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2022 Among the most interesting founder stories is that of Ed Beccle, the 23-year-old Thiel Fellow who cofounded and serves as CEO of mobile app for Christian prayers and daily worship Glorify. Igor Bosilkovski, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With a population of 5.7 million in 1930, California had plenty of houses of worship, many of them planted by the Northern branches of Protestant denominations. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 18 June 2022 The shooting is the latest in a house of worship amid a national reckoning on guns in America and their availability. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 17 June 2022 The Alabama shooting is the latest attack carried out at a place of worship. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 Daniel Lucey, 42, faces charges of arson, interfering with civil rights, and destruction to a place of worship, Salem Police Chief Lucas J. Miller said in a statement on Saturday. Alexander Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2022 The program selects teens who volunteer in their local community, school or house of worship, or otherwise demonstrate their future leadership potential. Sergio Carmona, Sun Sentinel, 10 June 2022 From my Lutheran perspective, the purpose of worship is to preach the Gospel, praise God and administer the sacraments. WSJ, 7 June 2022 An elderly worship leader wiped away tears as a photo of Cheng lighted up a screen. Jeong Parkstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2022 An hour after the Jewish event, up the street outside the Supreme Court, about 150 antiabortion protesters rallied with evangelical worship leader and right-wing former congressional candidate Sean Feucht. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of worship


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for worship


Middle English worþschipen, worschepen, worshippen "to hold in honor, esteem, show respect for, revere (a deity), conduct religious rites," derivative of wurðscip, worschip "honor, esteem, religious faith, rank, value" — more at worship entry 2


Middle English wurðscip, worschip "honor, esteem, renown, veneration, religious faith, a person's social standing, rank, value," going back to Old English weorþscipe, wurþscipe "honor, esteem, veneration, dignity," from weorþ, wyrþ, as noun "value" and as adjective "valuable, having status, deserving" + -scipe -ship — more at worth entry 1, worth entry 3

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More Definitions for worship


wor·​ship | \ ˈwər-shəp How to pronounce worship (audio) \

Kids Definition of worship

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : deep respect toward God, a god, or a sacred object
2 : too much respect or admiration


worshipped also worshiped; worshipping also worshiping

Kids Definition of worship (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to honor or respect as a divine being
2 : to regard with respect, honor, or devotion She worships her son.
3 : to take part in worship or an act of worship

Other Words from worship

worshipper or worshiper noun

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